Reality behind reality shows
Indian television is experiencing a new revolution in the form of reality shows. There is a deluge of reality shows in each and every channel that you turn on. MTV Roadies, Popstar ki khoj in Channel V, Big Boss a rip off from the British show called Big Brother of Shilpa Shetty fame, and the plethora of singing contests from Voice of India in Star Plus, Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, challenge in ZEE to the Indian Idol in Sony reality shows have captured the viewers imagination. The northeast has not yet forgotten the frenzy created by Debojit Saha’s victory in one such contest that catapulted the struggling singer into a house hold name overnight and now the northeast people are in crossroads once again to choose between two new contenders fro these parts that have reached the finals in this years Indian Idol aired by Sony.
Amit Paul from Meghlaya and Prashant Tamang from Sikkim are jostling for the winner’s crown in this show.
Perhaps the northeast is basking in the glory of unexpected national recognition that has come its way from these girls and boys who have succeeded in awakening the nation towards its northeastern brothers and sisters.
Thses shows have treaded into hitherto forbidden grounds and hit pay dirt with the successes of local talents. A year before it was Debojit who had united the people of the two valleys i.e the Brahmaputra Valley and the Barak Valley by procuring a record number of votes that led his winning the contest. Once again history is repeating itself with Amit Paul who has managed to bridge the gap of community divide in the minds of people of Meghalaya and has ushered in an era of peace.
His modest house in Shillong has turned into a temple of sorts where fans of all shapes and sizes, irrespective of age, difference in communities have become a fixture. They are voting for Amit Paul and praying for his victory. Similarly Prashant Tamang the constable from Kolkata police is trying to come to terms with the instant name and fame that he has brought for himself as well as for his home state Sikkim.
Whether these lads retain their new found glory is yet to be seen but what is heartwarming is the enthusiasm of the people who for once have forgotten their incessant differences and rooting for their new heroes and uniting to see them win.
Photo: People of Shillong breaking the barricade of caste and tribes gather at the Polo Ground in Shillong on 20-09-07 praying for the win of Shillong lad Amit Paul in the Sony TV's Musical reality Show Indian Idol Final. Pix by UB Photos.
14 Jul 2015 - 10:09am | AT News
Pre poll political landscape is set to give regionalism a fresh lease of life if the hectic confabulations are any indication.
A circle of dissident Congress leaders is silently preparing to join Asom Gana Parishad to revive the regional party. The first formal meeting is over.
Led by Congress MLA and former cabinet minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma at least five dissident MLAs hunkered down with top AGP leaders at on Monday midnight.
Convened at the residence of an AGP ideologue, the meeting discussed a set of strategies to strengthen regionalism. These include joining of dissident Congress leaders in AGP, seeking support from BPF, AIUDF.
Attended by AGP leaders led by president Atul Bora, Dr Kamala Kalita, Ramendra Kalita, Keshab Mahanta said that they would take on both Congress and BJP in the assembly polls early next year.
A visibly disappointed Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma was flanked by Raha MLA Piyush Hazarika, Nalbari MLA Jayanta Malla Baruah are believed to have agreed to join AGP in near future.
The former senior Congress leader including Hiranya Bora, Diganta Kalita who recently pulled out Congress are also expected to join the regional party.
27 Jun 2012 - 1:47am | editor
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday asked government officials to intensify rescue and relief of the people marooned in the second wave of flood and landslide. Gogoi, who is out of station told his officials over telephone that timely steps to evacuate the marooned people must be ensured. The mighty Brahmapurtra continues to flow above the danger level in many places plunging many people in to a era of danger. The government has already prohibited the movement of passenger ferries and boats on the Brahmaputra river. The National Disaster Response Force continues rescue operations in Majuli and in some areas of Sadiya subdivision in Tinsukia district.
27 Apr 2015 - 5:31pm | Upasana Medhi
Songdew in association with Renault on April 23, 2015 presented the 'Free The Music Awards' to some of the musicians and bands of Bangalore in recognition of their outstanding contribution to indie music. Jim Ankan Deka, the director of Eastern Fare Music Foundation and a musician is the first Assamese to be conferred with this prestigious award.
Among others Brodha V (rapper/producer), Lagori (folk rock fusion band), Aathma (rock band), Until We Last (ambient/post-rock band) and Karthik Gubbi (rapper/songwriter) received the 2015 'Renault Free The Music' award. Also, commencing the award ceremony, performances by BIG DEAL and G'nie Fanai entertained the audience at the Hard Rock Cafe Bengaluru.
Deka has been a part of the Kannada music industry since 2007. He has won numerous national and international awards for his collaborative music projects including a Delhi Rape Incident based music video - Aawaz-speak up against sexual violence. So far, he has released five albums which include albums in Goalporia, Mizo, Hindi and English languages. He has been working towards promoting the North East India region and has released two documentaries on Nagaland and Shillong under the Eastern Fare Production House, Bangalore.
Renault Free The Music is a unique initiative by Songdew wherein not only some of the most talented artists are discovered but more importantly their music is promoted globally and they are given opportunities to perform live at some of the best venues in the country. Baiju Dharmajan, renowned musician and brand ambassador for this initiative, says, “It is very heartening to see that Songdew and Renault are providing such opportunities to upcoming artists.”
Songdew has emerged as one of the largest music networks in India, providing innovative features to artists to promote their music and connecting them with their fans.